MIR launches new Essential Baltics Tour

MIR launches new Essential Baltics Tour

The Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, clustered along the eastern shore of the Baltic Sea in northern Europe, stepped out from the shadow of the Soviet Union in the late 20th century.  And 2009 is a banner year in Vilnius, Lithuania’s capital.  Chosen as one of this year’s two European Capitals of Culture, Vilnius will be hosting over 300 cultural, artistic and social programs and projects throughout the year.  One such program, with events each month, is called “Baroque Dialogues,” and highlights the baroque arts – architecture, music, theater, literature and dance – in some of the city’s beautiful baroque churches and public buildings. Another one is an exhibit from June through August at the National Art Gallery of the Lithuanian Art Museum called “Color and Sound Dialogues,” based on ideas connecting the work of early 20th century Lithuanian artist M. K. Čiurlionis and his modernist contemporaries.

MIR Corporation – the experts in this part of the world – offers several tours in 2009 that feature Vilnius – the new 7-day Essential Baltics Private Journey (you choose the dates) or the 13-day Kaliningrad & the Baltics Small Group Tour – May 3-15 and August 2-14, 2009.

The European Capital of Culture is a concept initiated in 1985 by Melina Mercouri, Greece’s Minister of Culture.  It was intended to bring Europeans together through the opportunity to experience the best of each others’ cultures. The high caliber of the planned year-long project is what earns a city the title and the international spotlight that accompanies it.  Vilnius’ UNESCO-listed Old Town will overflow with musical performances (one honors violinist Jascha Heifetz, who was born in Vilnius), art exhibits and festivals as it simultaneously celebrates a millennium since the first written mention of Lithuania’s name in the 11th century.

PUBLISHED: January 22, 2009